1932 (O’Fallon, Illinois)
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|Noted illustrator and impressionist painter Bernard Fuchs was born in
O'Fallon, Illinois and was born at home because the town had no
hospital. His parents had an unhappy marriage, and the father
left the family, which moved into the home of his mother's parents in
O'Fallon. For him, it was a lonely childhood, and reportedly he
was very quiet. However, big band music became a part of his
life, and he became an accomplished trumpet player. Also several
local people were very supportive of him as he was growing up.|
By the time he had graduated from high school, he had shown interest in
art, primarily drawing Disney characters, but had never painted a
picture nor had anyone encouraged him. Just after his graduation,
he injured his right hand permanently, losing three fingers in an
industrial accident. Working at a puppet factory painting heads,
he was fired for being incompetent at that task.
He attended Washington University in St. Louis, and graduated with a
degree from the School of Fine Arts, and amazingly, in 1962, when he
was age 30 and about ten years after college graduation, he was voted
Artist of the Year by the Artists Guild of New York.
graduation, Fuchs had moved to New York City to pursue his career as a
commercial illustrator and artist, and his career blossomed. He
then moved East to Westport, Connecticut, and began to do editorial
magazine illustration. The New York Society of Illustrators
elected him to the "Hall of Fame" in 1975, the youngest artist ever to
be so named. His pictures for McCalls, Redbook, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, TV Guide and other magazines are well known, and his impact on the field of communication arts is considerable.
is also a gallery painter and has done notable commissions such as
newscaster Ted Kopple, golf professional Jack Nicklaus, and Presidents
Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy, whom he met just prior to the Cuban
missile crisis. That portrait is in the Kennedy Librarys
Fuchs is the recipient of more than 100 awards, including the Hamilton King Award.
1992, the United States Sports Academy named Fuchs their Sports Artist
of the Year. In 1996, his prints from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
private collection were sold at auction in New York. He was
commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to design four U.S. postage
stamps in 1998.
Fuchs impressive body of work focuses on
historical and sports themes including limited edition prints for the
PGA World Hall of Fame. His solo exhibits include works on equine
art, jazz and golf, and have been displayed throughout the world. His
most recent exhibitions in the 1990s include galleries in Chicago, San
Francisco, Telluride, Colorado, London, New York, Atlanta, Scottsdale,
Palm Beach, and Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include the United
States Information Agency Graphics Exhibition in the Soviet Union.
is known for his combination of realistic drawing and impressionistic
painting, as well as varied uses of light. Fuchs paintings are richly
detailed with a strong foundation of drawing. They reflect the
artists fascination with sunlight and the way it illuminates all things.
Bernard Fuchs has also been an instructor, among his students is Ed Acuna who studied with him on the East Coast.
Walt Reed, The Illustrator in America
David Apatoff, The Art of Bernie Fuchs
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